Concept Paper: O’Connor, F. (1996). Everything that rises must converge; Simon, C. J. (1997). The disciplined heart: Love, destiny, and imagination

 Concept papers should be 1.5 pages each. Concept paper 2. Apply concepts from perception and standpoint material to Everything That Rises Must Converge; include as one of the concepts an issue connecting this story and the concepts you’re using to the idea of interpersonal justice. For example, how was interpersonal justice violated or upheld in the action of the characters in this story? Hints about other potential content for the paper: use “prototype” to explain how Julian makes his choice of where to sit and/or for Julian’s mom’s concern about Julian’s appearance (the “thug” comment); might the game of “peek-a-boo” be a script? If so, how/why? How does the concept of “standpoint” explain Julian’s mother’s and Julian’s different understanding of their particular historical moment? ASSIGNMENT DUE: Concept paper 3. Apply concepts on material related to self-concept and self-knowledge to ONE of the two recent O’Connor stories we’ve read (either Revelation or The Lame Shall Enter First). Interpersonal justice connection: Be sure to include at least one concept that addresses the issue of interpersonal justice. For example, how did the father in the story The Lame Shall Enter First “miss” the issue of interpersonal justice in his relationship with his son? How has Mrs. Turpin’s understanding of herself shaped how she enacts interpersonal justice or injustice with others in the story? How can we see the girl who attacks Mrs. Turpin as an unknowing agent of interpersonal justice. Reading: O’Connor, F. (1996). Everything that rises must converge. New York: Noonday Press. ISBN: 9780374504649 O’Connor, Introduction; A View of the Woods (pp. 54-81) O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge (pp. 3-23) O’Connor, Revelation (pp. 191-218) Reading: Simon, C. J. (1997). The disciplined heart: Love, destiny, and imagination. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans. The Lame Shall Enter First; Simon Ch. 2, Love and Self-Knowledge (pp. 41-66). Instructions: CONCEPT PAPERS. You will write a number of “concept papers” on the Flannery O’Connor short stories, as indicated on the syllabus. There are 9 papers listed; choose any 5. Papers count for 20% of the course grade; papers MUST BE TYPED/WORD PROCESSED. All I require is the following: 1. Choose 7 concepts from the material we’ve covered up to that point (or that we will be covering on the day the paper is assigned). Typically, you will choose the concepts to employ; you may use those concepts found in the lecture notes that apply to a given story, when they’re available. Additionally, most papers ask you to include at least one or two concepts relevant to the theme of interpersonal justice, which we’ll be addressing throughout the course. 2. For each concept, define the concept according to lecture and/or text. 3. Locate an example of the concept in the short story and describe it in a couple of sentences. You may quote it if you like. When the example is one of actual discourse, you should quote it. 4. Tell WHY the example fits the concept. That is, what is it about the example you’ve chosen that makes you consider it an instance of the concept? To answer this question, you will need to refer back to the definition. As you can see, it’s not really an essay at all that you’re writing, but just an identification of concepts as they are found in the story. You MAY, if you prefer, write an essay, but if you do, please bold the concepts and be sure to include in your discussion a clear rationale for why you consider the example representative of the concept.

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